Gabrielle – University of New Hampshire

Public Policy Associate

Interning at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention was one of the best choices that I have ever made. As I am approaching my senior year of college, interning in our nation’s capital was the best decision to help me further my understanding of how policy and the government works. I am a political science major at the University of New Hampshire and I had a great interest in the work that AFSP did and found the atmosphere of Capitol Hill particularly interesting.

Each day at the office was different, whether we were attending congressional hearings on Capitol Hill or spending time in the office tracking federal bills related to suicide prevention and mental health. The Public Policy Office provided a great work environment that fostered personal growth and challenged me to make a difference. Working with Taylor, Chelsey, Natalie, Connor, Nicole, John, and my fellow interns has been a wonderful learning experience. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s work is saving lives and making a difference.

After working as a Public Policy Associate for the past ten weeks, I have a further understanding of how policy works both at the state and federal level. I have a new profound love for policy and advocacy. AFSP has left a long-lasting impact on my life and others.